News story

June 2020

20th Anniversary of Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize marked by exciting and eclectic shortlist

At a time when funny fiction is needed the most we are very pleased to report the 2020 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction shortlist has been announced.

As the UK’s first and oldest award for comic fiction the prize selects the best comic novels of the past 12 months, seeking the books that best evoke the Wodehouse spirit of witty characters and perfectly-timed comic phrase.

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize Online Judges LunchOver a lively online meeting, with the usual glasses of Bollinger champagne, the judges whittled down the 68 submissions to the final six. Musical comedian and improviser, Pippa Evans and comedian Sindhu Vee, in their second and third years as judges respectively joined the long- standing judges; broadcaster and author James Naughtie; Everyman’s Library publisher, David Campbell and a Vice President of the Hay Festival and Director of National Trust Wales, Justin Albert.

This year’s witty sextet, which prompted laughter from the judges, includes Weather, the highly praised novel by Jenny Offill sees its protagonist lucklessly navigating through modern life. The second Granta published novel on this year’s shortlist, Rules for Visiting, follows a woman’s journey to reunite with four estranged friends. The 2016 prize winner, Hannah Rothchild’s latest novel House of Trelawney, a hilarious satire on old and new money. FLAKE, the first graphic novel to be shortlisted for the prize, tells a tale of ice cream wars and sibling rivalry. Nobber, the debut by Irish writer Oisín Fagan, a darkly hilarious tale of the small town of Nobber in medieval Ireland, battling through the plague. And 46% Better than Dave, which sees protagonist Dave confronted by the deep feeling that his neighbour, also Dave, is just better than him in every way…

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize Shortlist

The winner of the UK’s leading prize for comic fiction will be announced on Midsummer’s Day, 24 June. The winner will be awarded with a jeroboam of Bollinger Special Cuvée, a case of Bollinger La Grande Année, the complete set of the Everyman’s Library P.G. Wodehouse collection and a pig to name.

Archive

September 2020
July 2020
July 2020
July 2020
June 2020
June 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
April 2020
March 2020
March 2020
February 2020
February 2020
January 2020
January 2020
January 2020
December 2019
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
August 2019
August 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
November 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
September 2018
August 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
April 2018
March 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
February 2017
January 2017
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
June 2015